- edustream is a teaching system with 2 main advantages:
- it adapts to the teacher’s way of teaching, allowing him freedom to move around the classroom
- all students, both those who are in the classroom and those who are remotely, can follow the class in the same way
- The versatility of the system allows it to be used for educational purposes, reinforcing collaboration with international teams and promoting transfer to companies
- edustream service was launched on the market on November the 1st, 2020 and has already taught more than 1,200 classes and is installed in more than 200 classrooms
The Competence and Development Group has worked together with cinfo to install the edustream virtual classroom system at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of A Coruña.
edustream brings physical and virtual spaces closer together, facilitating communication between students and teachers, whether they participate in person in the classroom or at a distance.
The customized edustream solution designed by cinfo was developed in the classes of the UDC Master in Innovation and Digital Strategy. It allows the teacher to give his class normally and the students who are connected remotely can see it as if they were physically in the classroom. The system, using artificial intelligence algorithms, follows the teacher if he moves in the classroom so that the student always sees and hears him perfectly. In addition, it allows access to what is written on the blackboard through screenshots that are captured and saved in real time and also allows thr students to view any projection that is made in the classroom. All this combined with an adaptive stream solution so that the student at home can follow the class regardless of the quality of their internet connection.
Based on edustream and following the requirements of the directors of the Master, cinfo adapted the system so that the entire solution could be managed from a computer located in the classroom, combining two cameras (one that follows the teacher’s movements in real time and the other that focuses on students), will use a high quality sound system and will be integrated with the Microsoft Teams videoconferencing tool.
The system is completed with two monitors where, in one, the Microsoft Teams interface is projected (the implemented solution allows customizing the Microsoft Teams view that is offered even by mixing two views at the same time) so that all students see each other and can participate at any time and another where presentations can be shared both by students or teacher present in the classroom and with those who are remotely.
The edustream system was successfully tested and validated in the classes of the Master in Innovation and Digital Strategy of the Company, where students, professors and guests highlighted the efficiency and possibilities of the system. “We are very happy with the quality of the broadcast and the students also appreciate having an interactive system like this one” – mentioned Andrés Faíña, co-director of the Master and president of the Competition and Development Group of the UDC. Antonio Rodríguez del Corral, CEO of cinfo, remarked “the importance of these teaching solutions, which have come to stay and eliminate barriers, so that everyone can access the best teaching, wherever they are.”
The implementation of the edustream project at the UDC is the result of a collaborative effort between cinfo, the Faculty of Economics and Business, and the Competition and Development Group. The versatility of the system allows it to be used for teaching purposes, reinforcing research collaboration with international teams, and promoting transfer to companies and the dissemination of research results.
In addition to this solution, the edustream system was launched on the market on November the 1st and through it, more than 1,200 classes have already been taught, with more than 6,000 remote connections of students who for different reasons cannot go to their reference centers. In total, the system is already installed in 215 classrooms
* The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 954040.